Center on Conscience & War

The Center on Conscience & War is a non-profit organization that advocates for the rights of conscience, opposes military conscription, and serves all conscientious objectors to war. 

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"War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today."

-President John F. Kennedy



Current Articles


Selective Service Registration: Coercion of Conscience? 

Introduction 

The draft has met with serious resistance from communities of faith and people of conscience throughout its history.  While tolerated by the population at large during times of crisis, virtually all religions teach that killing is wrong. Many faith traditions have spoken directly to the immorality of a government requiring its citizens to kill as a violation of the fundamental values taught by those faith traditions.

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Moral Injury in Drone Pilots

"General hopes for a comfortable war--one that could be completed without emotional wounds--haven't been fulfilled."

Former drone pilot Brandon Bryant is haunted by the deaths he played a part in. Read the Der Spiegel article: http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/pain-continues-after-war-for-american-drone-pilot-a-872726.html

 

Marines Implement New Standards for Conscientious Objectors

By Bill Galvin.  First published in On Watch by the Military Law Task Force (http://nlgmltf.org).

In a new version of Marine Corps Order (MCO) 1306.16, issued in June of this year, the Department of the Navy, Marine Corps Headquarters, heightened the evidentiary standard a conscientious objector (CO) must meet. This reissue rescinds the previous version, which dates back to 1986.

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THE VALUE OF CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION

May 15th is International Conscientious Objectors Day - a perfect opportunity to take some time to contemplate and appreciate the value of conscientious objection (CO). The very process of applying for status as a conscientious objector challenges the institution of war. 

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For more than 70 years, CCW has worked to defend and extend the rights of conscientious objectors. 
CCW supports all those who question participation in war, whether they are U.S. citizens, permanent residents,
documented or undocumented immigrants--or citizens in other countries. CCW is a member of the G.I. Rights
Hotline Network, a national referral and counseling service for active duty servicemembers and their families.